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Summer in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2016 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer the thousands of visitors who come to Ashland every year. Ashland is a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” The jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.


 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream. Ashland has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, many boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

April 6th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Eleven fascinating plays.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present eleven fascinating plays this 2016 season.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is celebrating this milestone by producing five of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. But of course there are eleven plays produced at OSF every season, and this year is no exception, there is a wide verity of fabulous new plays and re-imagining of wonderful works such as Great Expectations and Yeoman of the Guard.
We have seen three fabulous plays so  far, Twelfth Night (gorgeous) The Yeomen of the Guard (ground breaking) and The River Bride (dreamy)
Tonight we will be in the Bowmer Theatre for Great Expectations… can’t wait to see it!
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So much to look forward to. Don’t wait!  get your tickets soon……see you there!
Twelfth Night
  by William Shakespeare
Great Expectations
 by Charles Dickens
 The River Bride
by Marisela Tevino Orta
by Lisa Loomer
Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
The Yeomen of the Guard
by Gilbert and Sullivan
by Qui Nguyen
Richard 11
by William Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare
The Wiz
 by William F. Brown
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
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Gil’s Growler Station now open in Ashland Oregon

July 21st, 2015 by Julie

gils growler

Gil’s Growler Station is now open in Ashland Oregon.

There is a new place in town to sample more than 23 craft beers here in Ashland Oregon.  Gil’s Growler Station ( A growler is a large jug that contains about a half gallon of beer) has opened next to Ruby’s Restaurant on Pioneer Street. They are both owned by the same couple who started Ruby’s four years ago.  Christian Senf and Aura Streett thought that opening a casual, fun and friendly place to have a drink and some food was just what was needed in Ashland.

Those of you who have stopped for lunch at Ruby’s know that the food is really good with locally grown organic produce. You can also have some of the same menu items at Gil’s Growler, tasty nacho’s, roasted chicken and lots of different delicious sandwiches.

Gil’s also serves Wine, Hard Cider, Mead and Kombucha ( which is a fermented tea.)

Stop by and check it out.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Cabaret” the Musical

June 25th, 2015 by Julie


The Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents the much loved musical ” Cabaret”

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland presents musicals, revues and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, nightclub setting in a restored, historically registered former church.

The stars of the ” Cabaret” show… Jillian Van Niel, Galloway Stevens, Paul Michael Garcia, Tamara Marston, Matt Brown and John Lambie transform the Cabaret Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub in 1930’s Berlin.

“Cabaret” the musical has been performed on stage and screen many times,  this is the first time that “Cabaret” has been performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The cast and crew at the Theatre know how to put on a good show you won’t be disappointed.

The show promises to be a thrilling treat with lots of Razzle-Dazzle and hit songs. The Cabaret Theatre serves dinner and drinks before the show, come and have lots of fun and enjoy a fabulous meal too.  The show runs from May 28th until August 30th.

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“Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

March 26th, 2015 by Julie

” Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Detail_2015_Pericles three pirates
pericles drowning
Pericles by William Shakespeare is a play not often performed these days, in Shakespeare lifetime it was wildly popular, but over the years it has fallen out of favor with audiences.
The play is a swashbuckling adventure fairy tale with rich characters of pirates, wicked Queens and bawdy brothel keepers.
 It is a story of birth, death, resurrection and love.
 It’s both romantic, comic and tragic, a veritable roller coaster ride in which Pericles the Prince of Tyre ( played superbly  by Wayne T. Carr ) takes you, the audience with him on a journey to find his destiny. Along the way he finds and marries then loses his Princess and his daughter at sea. He faces ambition, hatred and loss. With many implausible events and complicated twists and turns to the plot.
In a very compelling scene, Pericles is drowning at sea, it really feels like you are being tossed as he is by the stormy  rolling waves.
   The director Joseph Haj has done wonderful job of producing a mesmerizing and dynamic spectacle. It is a visually and musically stunning  play with lush original music and songs and luminous staging.
We both loved this play, it grabbed us from the beginning. The play is immensely moving. At times it is very sad, also hilariously funny and like all good fairy tales, has a happy ending.
 A play definitely  not to be missed.
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Spring is here at the Blue Moon

March 12th, 2015 by Julie

japanese-gardens spring mt ashland dafodils helleborus spring


Spring is here at the Blue Moon,  Ashland is bathed in sunshine and warmth, the weather is glorious, the trees are in full bloom as are the spring flowers, this weather makes you want to go out into the garden, dig in the dirt and plant lots of flowers and shrubs.

In our garden at the Inn, the Helleborus and Daffodils are blooming and the Grape Hyacinth will soon be spreading a lovely carpet of blue flowers over the front yard. I do love this time of year and it’s promise of the long days of summer sun ahead.

In our back garden at the Inn we removed a fast growing giant  Sequoia,  it was planted as a sapling about 10 years ago..  and was growing about 6 feet per year the sequoia was outgrowing the space and encroaching onto the grass area. Our gardener cut the tree down last December ( we tried to give it to anyone who could use it as a Christmas tree but know one wanted it ) then the stump was removed.

Now in it’s place is a beautiful Bartlett Pear tree which hopefully will produce lots of pears later this year. We can look forward to some delicious pear cakes and breakfast dishes, I will put my thinking cap on ( this is an English saying ) and come up with some new recipes!!

Soon the Inn will be full of guests excited about the 2015 spectacular season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,

So far this season the plays that Jean-Pierre and I have seen have been truly superb and definitely not to be missed.






14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival

February 13th, 2015 by Julie


ashland film festival



The 14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival delights film lovers every spring, this year the Festival will start on April 9th. and end on April 13th.

The Festival is a whirlwind of more than 90 feature length films, documentaries and short films over a short 5 day period. There is lots of excitement for everyone to see the very best in Independent films in one of Americas most historic and appealing small towns.

There are always special guests, film makers and actors from around the world to engage with audiences after each screening. The Festival starts with an opening night bash and finishes with an awards celebration where you can meet passionate film makers and have the best time imaginable.

The films are shown in many great venues from the iconic Varsity Theatre to The Old Armory and Ashland Springs.

ashland film festival program


The Oregonian newspaper say’s ” The Festival in Ashland offers the movie lover that same sense of being in a magical place….Southern Oregon doesn’t have anything else like this… nor in fact do most places on earth.”    Well said!  we are so lucky to have this event every year, we all look forward to it very much. The Blue Moon B&B hosts dignitaries connected with the film industry, who fly in from all over the globe for the Festival, it’s a great way for us as Innkeepers to meet marvelously interesting people and celebrities.

If you love movies and want to see an extraordinary verity of films and have the time of your lives, this is the place for you to come. Tickets go on sale in March, also a list of this years movies will be on the festivals website.

For Tickets and Information go to…

Ashland Armory Abundance Swap

November 30th, 2014 by Julie

Ashland Historic Armory Abundance Swap

abundance swap

The Ashland Historic Armory proudly presents the 13th Annual Abundance Swap on December 14th 2014.

Doors open at 1 pm the swap will begin at 1.30 pm and finish at around 3 pm.

This is a novel idea….   and won’t cost a cent. Just bring your quality items ( something that you no longer want but would make a great gift for Christmas) The items you bring can be from your home, shop or office.  Maybe you have things that you know you will never use, I have quite a few including Christmas plates still in the box also a coffee set, these are just a couple of things. I bet I could find more at home and I’m sure you could too.  Then swap your things for anything else that you might want that someone else has bought, no money changes hands,  just swapping.

Have a lovely afternoon chatting with everyone and come away with some great gifts for someone on your Christmas list. I’ts a Win Win for everyone.

There will be tea and sweet treats to get you into the holiday spirit.

Come and do your Christmas Shopping at the Armory!

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Ashland Oregon Culinary Festival

October 30th, 2014 by Julie

culinary festival 2014

Ashland Oregon Culinary Festival

Coming up in November is the 8th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival celebrating Southern Oregon’s best food, drink and creativity in Ashland.

The week-end kicks off on Friday November 7th with food demos, sampling and entertainment and more.

On Saturday November 8th the “Chef Showdown Competition” begins and the competitors showcase their culinary skills through Sunday the 9th November when the Top Chef for 2014 will be announced.

This year 12 Chefs will be competing, Franco Console from Larks Restaurant defends his title as Top Chef  2013.

It’s a big deal for the chefs in Ashland to win the title of Top Chef.

Ashland’s culinary adventures await you with culinary inspiration and brilliance… See you there!

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Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

October 10th, 2014 by Julie


Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon






On Friday October 31st. 2014 Ashland celebrates Halloween with the Children’s Halloween Celebration. A huge parade which begins at 3.30 pm at the Ashland Public Library meanders along Main Street and ends at the Downtown Plaza.  This year “ Samba Like it Hot “ leads the revelers along the route. This is an event for the whole family where everyone gets dressed up, not just the participants in the parade, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.


halloween paradechildren


After the parade children ( young and old ) will enjoy Trick or Treating, Face Painting and Live Entertainment there also will be a Mad Science activity by Science Works.

The week before Halloween has lots of fun events and activities too ….. on Friday 24th October there will be an all-you-can-eat Pasta Party at the Historic Armory on Oak Street and on Saturday 25th October there is a Monster Dash through Lithia Park.

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